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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge isn’t exactly on the Outer Banks but it’s not that far away either, and for anyone looking to learn about the area’s natural history it is worth the trip across the Roanoke Sound. Created 30 … Continue reading

On Point at The Blue Point

When The Blue Point opened a little over 25 years ago, there wasn’t much that anyone could call a town in Duck-a few shops, the beginning of a retail district, a scattering of rental homes and maybe 150 or 200 permanent residents. The … Continue reading

Local Business Spotlight – Kitty Hawk Kites

Forty years later and Kitty Hawk Kites is still going strong! If there is such a thing as a homegrown retail chain on the Outer Banks, it would have to be Kitty Hawk Kites. From their first location in Nags Head … Continue reading

Outer Banks Mexican Eateries

Something about Mexican food always seems perfect for family gatherings. In keeping with our Carolina Designs tradition of highlighting various Outer Banks restaurants, we thought a description of the best Mexican eateries from Corolla to Manteo was in order. Some … Continue reading

Otters, Sea Turtles and Dinosaurs… Oh My!

The North Carolina Aquarium has two locations on the Outer Banks—Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, which gets all the press because it juts an impressive 1,000 feet into the Atlantic Ocean, and the aquarium on Roanoke Island. Jennette’s Pier is … Continue reading